10. Emerson Fittipaldi, 23 Years and 296 Days Old
Born in Sao Paulo in 1946, Emerson Fittipaldi is now a legendary name within Formula One but back in 1970 he was a fresh faced driver who had only been on the European racing scene since the previous year. The young Brazilian’s talent must have shone through however, as he was given the third seat at top team Lotus from the time of British Grand Prix in July.
Fittipaldi’s progress was then accelerated further due to the tragic death of Lotus number one driver Jochen Rindt at Monza, and the 23 year old found himself leading the team by the time of just his fifth race in the USA. Lead the team – and everyone else besides – he did ably however, in winning the race.